A Cornell University staffer this morning removed a Cornell Coalition for Life display within one hour of its being set up on the University’s Engineering Quad, according to my SamSphere colleague and Cornell senior Tristen Cramer.
The “Elena Campaign” features a series of pictures showing the biological development of an unborn baby; the pictures are accompanied by text in the voice of the baby.
Ms. Cramer reports that CCFL had gone through the proper administrative avenues to obtain approval for the display, but Dawn Warren, an administrative assistant, removed the signs because she did not personally approve of the content.
“It borders on the absurd that the facilities staff at the College of Engineering finds photos depicting biological fetal development to be controversial or offensive,” Ms. Cramer said. “Furthermore, it speaks volumes that this member of the Cornell staff chose to censor speech she disagreed with rather than facilitating an open discussion about the issue.”
According to Ms. Cramer, Ms. Warren and Cathy Dove, Associate Dean for Administration in the College of Engineering, also attempted to prevent CCFL members from retrieving their signs, returning the students’ property only after police arrived. Ms. Dove then requested that the students not put the signs back up again, citing an “unwritten policy” against “opinionated displays”.
Biology is now a matter of opinion?